Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.70
Liaison Whitney Crooks
Submission Date April 27, 2012
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STARS v1.1

Red River College Polytechnic
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Cindee Laverge
Dean
Student Services
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:
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A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

Tap-In Program
Red River College, in partnership with the Immigrant Centre of Mantioba, offers recent low-income immigrants the opportunity to take part-time courses at a drasticaly reduced rate ($60 registraiton fee per course, plus books).


A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

The DIVERSITY AND IMMIGRANT STUDENT SUPPORT DEPARMTENT
works with the College comunity to create an inclusive learning environment. The Department offers a variety of customized training sessions and resources to equip staff and faculty to working with students from diverse backgrounds.


A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

The Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department provides advising services to prospective immigrant studentts. Immigrant Student Advisors can meet with immigrants interested in attending Red River College to answer general questions about College programs, processes for crediting previous education or work experience, financial supports, language training, and settlement supports. Prospective students are provided with direct referrals and an individualized plan to prepare for College entry and success.

Current Immigrant and International Students
Immigrant Student Advisors help current immigrant and international students overcome any cultural, settlement, language, personal and academic challenges they face while attending the College. Students are counselled on cross-cultural differences in the classroom, how to work in groups, and how to interact with Canadian-born students in the classroom and colleagues while at work placements.


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

The Diversity and Immigrant Student Support department offers financial support to students at the College including
- Step Out of Your Box Diversity Scholarship Contest awards $500, $300, and $200 annually to three students who spend time outside their own culture and produce a project describing the benefits of diversity in Canada and their personal learning from the experience.

-The Diversity Award for Refugee Students awards $500 annually to a second-year student who came to Canada as a refugee in the past five years.

-Immigrant students can also volunteer with the department through the Youth Serves Manitoba Scholarships that awards a minimum of $500 pending completion of 100 hours of volunteer work.


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The Diversity and Immigrant Student Support Department is the primary College contact with ethno-cultural community organizations and immigrant service agencies, and oparticipae on immigrant community-related committees and in community events.


A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:
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A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:
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The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
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